Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Kid Athletes by David Stabler (Book Review)
About the book-
The author and illustrator of Kid Presidents have reteamed to share 20 true tales from the childhoods of famous athletes. From Babe Ruth (so incorrigible that his parents put him in reform school at age 7) to Muhammad Ali (who learned to fight at age 12 after a thief stole his bicycle), Kid Athletes is packed with inspirational stories from the world of sports. Billie Jean King rose from modest circumstances to win 39 Grand Slam championships; Wilma Rudolph triumphed over polio to become the fastest woman on earth; and martial arts legend Bruce Lee credited his success, in part, to childhood dance lessons. Every goal, touchdown, and championship comes to life in these kid-friendly and relatable stories, all with Doogie Horner's whimsical full-color illustrations. Kid Athletes is a slam dunk for young sports fans everywhere.
A while back while shopping at Costco my husband and I spotted an intriguing kids book called Kid Presidents. Our oldest child, Madelyn, has her sights set on the oval office so we thought she would enjoy the book. When we brought it home, it turned out that our twin boys also are super into this book. In fact, it is their most reached for book at reading time. I knew as soon as I saw Kid Athletes that my kids would absolutely adore it. The premise of the "kid" books is to share stories from the childhood of these famous people. The stories often show the individual overcome an obstacle or adversity and their perseverance to meet their goals. Not only is Kid Athletes a cool way to learn about the athlete growing up, but there are great lessons for kids to take away from these stories. There is a good mix of athletes represented in the book, from the super recognizable (Peyton Manning, Danica Patrick, Michael Jordan) to some inspiring people that may be new names to your kids (Babe Didrickson, Bruce Lee, Muhammed Ali). Kid Athletes is a great book to share with your kids, you will both probably learn new things about your favorite athletes and maybe end up with some new favorites!